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About SBE Chapter 37

SBE Chapter 37 is a local, Washington, DC-based professional organization of friendly radio, television, and multimedia technology professionals. Our group includes local, national, and international network technicians, consulting engineers, electronics manufacturers, and Federal employees working in media and broadcasting positions. If that describes you, you’re welcome to attend one of our meetings or join our group!

Most of our members live, work, or have roots in Washington, DC or the nearby Maryland or Virginia Suburbs.  We meet most months to exchange ideas, increase our skill levels, and (sometimes) just to socialize. Chapter 37 is part of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. With nearly 5,000 members and 114 local chapters worldwide, the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help media professionals keep pace with our rapidly changing industry. The SBE amplifies the voices of broadcast engineers by validating skills with professional certification, offering educational opportunities to maintain and expand those skills, and speaking out on technical regulatory issues that affect how you work.

Regardless of your area of broadcast interest, you are sure to find a warm welcome at the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Please join us at our next meeting and try us out for size. We hope you will enjoy your visit.

SBE Chapter 37 Current Events

    SBE37 and SMPTE DC
    What: Annual SBE & SMPTE Holiday Party
    When: December 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM
    Where: Busboys & Poets (Shirlington) - Register Here
    Address: 4251 Campbell Ave
    Arlington, VA 22206 United States

    Sponsor: Many Sponsors. See Text!

    The SMPTE Washington DC Section and SBE Chapter 37 invite you to join us for our annual holiday party for 2023. We'll have an open bar 6:30-8:00 PM and heavy hors d'oeuvres. All members, colleagues, family and guests are welcome!

    Please register in advance so that we can provide an accurate headcount to the restaurant.


    WHCP 91.7 FM
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    Mike Starling
    Who: Mike Starling
    From: WHCP Radio
    What: Why Phil Rice and Anita Longley Still Rule the Airwaves – Modern NCE-FM Licensing Comparative Criteria
    When: January 9, 2024 at 6:30 PM
    Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting - Register Here
    Sponsor: Jim Peck of SCMS

    Mike Starling, President and General Manager for WHCP Radio, will give a presentation on how he led a revived nonprofit to win a frequency allocation from the FCC to become WHCP 91.7 FM, a full power non commercial station licensed to Trappe, MD and serving from Easton to Salisbury. He spent 25 years at National Public Radio serving as Chief Technology Officer, Vice President, and Executive Director of the Technology Research Center and NPR Labs.


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